What is mathematics? How did it develop (at the 35,000 foot view)? What is mathematics good for? Should mathematics education begin with counting (natural numbers) or with measuring quantities (real numbers)? Did finance lead the Sumerians to invent arithmetic in 5000 BCE? How did the Italians revolutionize arithmetic and finance in the 13th century? When did the first computing revolution occur?
These questions come from Keith Devlin's fascinating, introductory, nearly 2 hour long video General Overview and the Development of Numbers. Watch the video, then come to discuss it and the broader questions it raises on Saturday the 28th of September from 11 AM to 1 PM.
In addition, we will discuss the future of the Math Counts meetup. What do you want the group to become? What are your interests in mathematics? Do you have topics, books, videos, or activities that you could help us organize?